The first full-fledged day of NCAA tournament action was a success for the Big Ten. Yes, No. 11 Iowa lost a play-in game to No. 11 Tennessee on Wednesday. And No. 6 Ohio State fell to No. 11 Dayton today. But neither loss was a stunner. But the fact the defeats came early in the tourney, it caught the attention of critics. No matter, the Big Ten’s “Big Three” opened with victories today. And they looked good doing it.
Drew Brevig scored the game-winning goal in overtime to lead Ohio State to a 2-1 victory over Michigan State in a Big Ten Men’s Hockey Tournament opener. With the victory, the Buckeyes advance to play No. 1 Minnesota at 8 p.m. ET on Friday in a Big Ten semifinal matchup.
Jordan Morgan notched a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds as Michigan defeated Wofford 57-40 on Thursday night in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Wolverines (26-8) capitalized on their decisive edge in athleticism on the undersized Terriers (20-13) but still had some nervous moments after missing 15 of their first 18 shots in the second half.
Penn State freshman Zach Saar scored the game-winning goal in double-overtime to lift the Nittany Lions to a 2-1 win over Michigan in the opening game of the 2014 Big Ten Men’s Hockey Tournament. Taylor Holmstrom added a goal and sophomore goalie Matthew Skoff had 52 saves for Penn State.
Adreian Payne scored a career-high 41 points as Michigan State cruised to an impressive 93-78 win over Delaware in an NCAA Tournament opener. Travis Trice added 19 points off the bench for the Spartans, who will advance to play Harvard in the third round of the East Regional on Saturday.
Adam Woodbury scored a career-high 16 points, but it wasn’t enough as Tennessee defeated Iowa 78-65 in overtime on Wednesday night in the NCAA’s First Four. The Volunteers late comeback sent them Raleigh, N.C., where they’ll play sixth-seeded Massachusetts on Friday in the Midwest Regional.